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Counselling and Psychotherapy

grandmotherThe Capstone Centre offers a range of services to the community, and sees adult clients for individual and group work. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life that are significantly affecting your world and how you function on a day-to-day basis, then counselling and psychotherapy can help you to understand yourself and others better, so that you can make positive changes in your life.

We also see children and young people who have experienced a loss or who are bereaved, and we work closely with the families to support these children at this difficult time in their lives.

Because each client is unique, 'one size does not fit all' and so we bring a variety of therapeutic models and expertise to the work (e.g. Existential therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic therapy) we individualise the work so that you gain the most benefit from the sessions with your counsellor/psychotherapist/psychologist.

The centre has a comprehensive assessment process and also makes referrals to other agencies, allied health professionals, counsellors, and psychologists as appropriate.

You do not need a referrral to make an appointment.

Clinical Supervision »

The Centre is committed to providing a clinical supervisory process and to fostering an environment of personal and professional development for our supervisees. The supervision process includes case conceptualisation, sociocultural contexts, an awareness of diversity and an emphasis on ethical decision-making processes.

The integration of theoretical knowledge, competence and competencies, experiential work, assessment processes and clinical supervision; the refinement of a personal counselling style and the development of collegial and professional relationships are core elements of our practice.

Supervisee feedback regarding the supervisory process is an important part of the continual evaluation of the work and its relevance to industry standards and requirements as a way of improving both the supervisory and learning experience.

We are committed to individual and cultural diversity in all aspects of our work; and to providing current research material and clinical practice skills; to engage in professional development to further develop skills relevant to the training of professional counsellors.

We strongly encourage our supervisees to create a healthy balance between their family, social life and work.

External and Management Supervision »

The management supervision process fosters an environment of personal and professional development, an awareness of diversity and an emphasis on ethical decision-making processes. Our focus is on the ability to work with systems in the workplace, both from an administrative and staff perspective and creating a supportive learning environment. The aim is to build effective relationships and collaborative work practices that will benefit the staff, the organisation and its clients.

Supervisee feedback regarding the supervisory process is an important part of the continual evaluation of the work and its relevance to industry standards and requirements as a way of improving both the supervisory and learning experience.

We strongly encourage our supervisees to create a healthy balance between their family, social life and work.

Training and Education »

The Capstone Centre can provide tailored training for your organisation or group:

  • Loss and grief
  • Working with trauma
  • Debriefing
  • Group work
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Change management
  • Alcohol and/or Other Drugs
  • Clinical supervision training program
  • As a consultant, trainer and educator, Josephine has received recognition for her commitment to excellence in Learning and Teaching and was the recipient of the 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Western Australia, and the 2007 Curtin University Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, Curtin University, Western Australia.
  • Gemma is a consultant and trainer in group facilitation and counselling for Alcohol and/or Other Drug Workers. She also lectures and is a unit coordinator within a university-based Master of Counselling program.

Consultancy »

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Is your organisation considering making changes in the workplace?

Are you wanting to implement further training and education to enhance your organisation's profile?

The Capstone Centre can provide your organisation with tailored training, coaching and support to reach your potential.

Effective change management requires the dissemination of accurate information to the organisation and staff. This information demonstrates a clear vision of the future of the organisation and its goals. Successful change management transitions utilise effective consultation processes, communication, staff support and sufficient resources to achieve their stated goals. Understanding how your staff responds to change is a vital key in your engagement and success for the future.

At the Capstone Centre we can tailor training for managers to assist them to effectively articulate the organisations vision and goals. We can provide focus groups and training for your staff to enable them to have a voice in the change process. The aim is to have everyone 'on the same page' to positively drive the change.

Josephine is a lecturer, trainer and educator, with expertise in training/workshop design and curriculum design and can provide the tools to assist you in changes in the workplace, or the provision of ongoing training to support your staff.

Fee for service »

The Capstone Centre provides a fee for service structure available on request. Medicare and Health Fund rebates may apply; please see individual practitioner information. 

Please make enquiries with your health fund regarding your actual level of cover for counselling and psychotherapy services.

Organisations may purchase employee training packages for individuals and groups.

PRACTITIONERS

About Us

About Capstone Centre

about-usWe are a group of counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and counselling psychologists committed to providing a high quality service for the benefit of the client and the wider community. Our philosophy is one of excellence, competence, ethical and professional practice, and respect.

Our clinicians have a broad range of experience in the public health system, the community setting, private practice and the university sector. We offer both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy.

Our work is guided by evidence-based practice and informed by the latest research to provide a service that is high quality and accessible.


FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Counselling & Psychotherapy »

The following information is provided by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), the peak professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

family-groupCounselling and psychotherapy are professional services that support people to develop better understanding of themselves and others, address life difficulties and make the changes they want in their lives.

Counsellors and psychotherapists draw on a wide range of therapy interventions and are highly skilled in working across the spectrum of life difficulties.

Counsellors and the psychotherapists work with current problems, crises, and longer term difficulties. They provide both short and long-term services according to people's needs. Counsellors and psychotherapists work with individuals, couples, families and groups, according to their training.

Professional counsellors and psychotherapists work within clearly contracted, ethical relationships to support people to explore and resolve life difficulties...Counsellors and psychotherapists work with respect for their clients, their values, their beliefs, their uniqueness and their right to self-determination.

Training and Qualifications

Counsellors and psychotherapists have in-depth training over several years. Training is provided by universities and private training institutes. PACFA sets a high level of training standards and accredits counselling and psychotherapy training programs.

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Reproduced with permission from PACFA.

What is the difference between Psychologists and Psychiatrists? »

Counselling and Clinical Psychologists have at least 6 years of university training and supervised experience. They also hold a Masters level qualification in psychology. They have postgraduate training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness but do not have the ability to prescribe medications. To see a psychologist you don't need a referral.

Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who then do at least five years specialist training in mental health. Because they are doctors, psychiatrists understand both mental health and physical problems, provide general medical care and can prescribe medications. To see a psychiatrist you need a referral from your GP.

What is Play Therapy »

What is Play Therapy

play-therapyAll children have the capacity for growth and healing and Play Therapy is a form of counselling that facilitates life enhancing changes in the world of the child.

Play Therapy respects each child’s individual developmental journey. It allows children to express what’s troubling them and to make sense of their experiences through play, without relying on words or questioning. Play Therapy is respectful of the fact that children are still developing the cognitive skills to express their thoughts and feelings and contributes to their overall well-being and healthy development.

Through natural play, children develop and build capabilities such as the capacity for problem solving, exploring communication styles, rehearsing coping strategies and role playing social interactions. Play Therapy provides a safe environment and a designated time for each child to work through and make sense of experiences that may be holding them back in their developmental journey.

Play Therapy is a culturally responsive form of counselling that is suitable for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is appropriate for children aged 3 to 13 and is an evidence based form of early intervention. Play Therapy is most effective when a safe and trusting relationship is created between the practitioner and child, with parents and carers as essential partners in the therapeutic process.

For further information on Play Therapy please see the following links

http://www.apta.asn.au/
https://www.psychology.org.au/inpsych/2015/june/short/
http://evidencebasedchildtherapy.com/about-us/

Do I need a referral to see a practitioner at Capstone Centre? »

Do I need a referral to see a practitioner at Capstone Centre?

You do not need a referral to make an appointment.

How do I make an appointment? »

How do I make an appointment?

You can complete the contact form for Capstone Centre, or the contact form for the individual practitioner that you have chosen to see.
You will then be contacted by the practitioner and provided with information or to offer an appointment.

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APPOINTMENTS

What if I need to cancel my appointment? »

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

We require 48 hours notice if you are unable to attend your appointment.
If you do not provide 48 hours notice you may be charged a cancellation fee (please discuss with individual practitioner).

What information do you collect? »

What information do you collect?

We collect your name, address, date of birth, information about your presenting concern(s) that bring you to therapy and other relevant information required to provide you with a professional health service. The type of information we collect and hold includes personal information and health information.

In dealing with personal information, Practitioners are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and any applicable State or Territory privacy laws.

What is a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan? »

What is a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan?

Helath-treatment-planYou may be eligible for certain Medicare rebateable allied mental health services once you have:

  • a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan in place or
  • are being managed by a GP under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan or
  • been referred by a psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Your GP or psychiatrist can refer you for up to six individual or six group allied mental health services, which may comprise either psychological assessment and therapy by a clinical psychologist or focussed psychological strategies provided by appropriately qualified allied health professionals e.g. eligible psychologists and occupational therapists. It is at the clinical discretion of your referring practitioner as to the number of allied mental health services you will be referred for (to a maximum of six in any one referral).

Fee for service »

Fee for service

The Capstone Centre provides a fee for service structure available on request. Medicare and Health Fund rebates may apply; please see individual practitioner information.

Please make enquiries with your health fund regarding your actual level of cover for counselling and psychotherapy services.

Organisations may purchase employee training packages for individuals and groups.

Contact Us

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What is Counselling & Psychotherapy?

The following information is provided by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), the peak professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

mixed-familyCounselling and psychotherapy are professional services that support people to develop better understanding of themselves and others, address life difficulties and make the changes they want in their lives.

Counsellors and psychotherapists draw on a wide range of therapy interventions and are highly skilled in working across the spectrum of life difficulties.

Counsellors and the psychotherapists work with current problems, crises, and longer term difficulties. They provide both short and long-term services according to people's needs. Counsellors and psychotherapists work with individuals, couples, families and groups, according to their training."

Professional counsellors and psychotherapists work within clearly contracted, ethical relationships to support people to explore and resolve life difficulties...Counsellors and psychotherapists work with respect for their clients, their values, their beliefs, their uniqueness and their right to self-determination.

Training and Qualifications

Counsellors and psychotherapists have in-depth training over several years. Training is provided by universities and private training institutes. PACFA sets a high level of training standards and accredits counselling and psychotherapy training programs.

download brochure

Reproduced with permission from PACFA.

Welcome to the Capstone Centre

If you are experiencing difficulties in your life that are significantly affecting your world and how you function on a day-to-day basis, then counselling and psychotherapy can help you to understand yourself and others better. We believe that each person has the potential to achieve positive change and that each client is unique and we recognise the importance of individualising the work to best suit you.

The Capstone Centre is located in Perth, Western Australia, South of the River in Applecross / Ardross.  Our practice is conveniently situated in the Riseley Business Precinct with accessibility to transport and ample parking.  We are a group of independent clinicians providing counselling and psychological services to clients who present with a range of issues.  We work closely with general practitioners and allied health professionals to provide a personalised approach to the care of the client. Our clinicians have a broad range of experience in both the public health system and private sector.  We offer short-term counselling, psychotherapy and psychological services.

As part of our commitment to excellence, this practice mentors psychology and counselling graduates and students at Masters Level.

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Practitioners

Josephine Hudson

BA(SocSc) MHlthCouns   MPACFA Reg No. 20876
PACFA Accredited Clinical Supervisor
PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Register
ARCAP Register

Josephine is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, clinical and management supervisor, manager, trainer and educator. She has qualifications and training in counselling, clinical and management supervision, sociology and anthropology, and nursing.

Josephine has worked in Western Australia and the United Kingdom in palliative care/hospice, the community setting, private practice and the university sector; she has extensive clinical experience working with both adults and children working with systems; trauma, loss, grief and bereavement; suicide postvention; separation; chronic illness; anxiety and depression; communication and relationship difficulties; clinical and management supervision.

She has combined working in the university sector and private practice for the past 11 years. For the past 6 years Josephine was the Program Director of three postgraduate programs, including a Master of Counselling program, training counselling clinicians.

She has been very active in the profession and has held a number of external portfolios and memberships including Past Chair and current member of the Expert Reference Group for the Suicide Postvention Project (ARBOR) for the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and the Dept of Health and Ageing in WA; Current Member (Expert Register) of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) - Australian independent national regulator of the higher education sector; Past Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of WA.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Loss and grief, bereavement
  • Trauma counselling
  • Children's bereavement programs
  • Suicide postvention
  • Chronic illness; Health issues
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety; Depression
  • Relationship and Interpersonal difficulties
  • Personal growth
  • Clinical and management supervision
  • Education and training
Professional Associations/Committee Membership
  • Clinical member: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Accredited Clinical Supervisor: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Mental Health Practitioner Register: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Member (Expert Register) of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • ARBOR Expert Reference Group – Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and DoHA (WA)
  • Clinical Member: Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of Western Australia (PACAWA)
Health Fund rebates may apply

Gemma Barter

(Gemma is currently on maternity leave for 2013)

DipModLangs, BPsych, MPsych, MAPS
Clinical and Counselling Psychologist
Member of Association of Counselling Psychologists
Mental Health First Aid trainer

Gemma has an extensive range of experience across the clinical field, including working in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) setting, coordinating a women's substance user group program, providing assessment and treatment for substance users and their families, working as part of a multi-disciplinary chronic pain treatment program, and running her own private practice. Gemma also lectures and is a unit coordinator within a university-based Master of Counselling program, and is a consultant and trainer in group facilitation and counselling for Alcohol and/or Other Drug Workers.

Gemma has experience in providing clinical supervision and mentoring for undergraduate and postgraduate counselling, psychology and social work students, as well as for provisional psychologists seeking general registration, and registered psychologists for CPD requirements.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and/or Other Drug Use
  • Chronic Pain
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
  • Group facilitation and therapy
  • EMDR
  • Clinical supervision
  • Education and training
Professional Associations:
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of Association of Counselling Psychologists
  • Mental Health First Aid accredited trainer
Medicare registered for Clinical Psychology items

To contact Josephine Hudson

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To contact Gemma Barter

Gemma is currently on maternity leave for 2013

 

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